Growing up to be happy adults

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 | In Lifestyle | Tags: ,

Growing up to be happy adults
~ Growing up to be happy adults ~

If you want your children to grow up into happy, well-adjusted adults, best lay off the academic pressure and focus on fostering a social network full of strong relationships for your children. That is the underlying message from a new study out of Australia which found that positive early social connectivity with parents, friends, peers and school – not academic excellence – was more likely to lead to happier adults.

Published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, the research out of Deakin University in Victoria, flowered 804 people for up to 32 years. Social connectedness in childhood was defined by factors such as a child’s likeability, time spent alone, and their level of confidence. Social connectedness in adolescence was measured by social attachments via parents, peers, school, confidants, participation in youth groups and sporting clubs, all rated by parents and teachers.

The results showed that while active social lives during childhood and adolescence led to adult well-being, the same could not be said for pathways between early language development and academic achievement to adult well-being, which were found to be much weaker in comparison.

A study published out of the UK last year found a direct connection between children’s happiness and that of their mother’s. As the saying goes, while a happy wife may mean a happy life for husband, it seems a happy mother likewise may make a child’s life brighter.

Information via AFP-Relaxnews.


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